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COVID-19 Customer Update  19/03/21

Following the Scottish Government announcement on Tuesday, 16th March 2021, regarding continued COVID -19 restrictions, we are providing the following update.

Risk assessed compliance

As an organisation we continue to ensure that we have all the correct measures in place to deliver services to our customers.  Over the past year we have invested to ensure our team can work from home, providing additional communications systems and IT for this to happen.

Our offices remain closed to the public, with only a small number of staff in head office, for essential work to be carried out (e.g., post etc).

As a result of the first lockdown in March 2020, we have established a comprehensive risk assessed approach to ensuring our staff can work in the safest possible way and this will continue to shape how we work during this current lockdown period. The majority of our staff will continue to work remotely but will be fully operational, working to ensure the very best level of customer service at all times.

Site inspections and on site attendance

We plan to resume a phased return to site inspections on 26th April when travel restrictions are removed.

Where our staff are needed on site, they will have had risk assessments completed.  Where possible they will limit movement within common areas to outside core times in the day, to restrict interaction with others.  We would ask that all safe distancing measures for our staff are respected, when working on your site.

On site offices will be closed for access by homeowners and only our staff will be allowed access.

Please contact your Development Manager for information, as arrangements for each location/site may vary.

Suppliers and contractors

Our suppliers and contractors will work in compliance with Government Guidelines to deliver core services, repairs and maintenance.

We know that during this lockdown period, essential work is permitted ‘for activities in connection with the maintenance, purchase, sale, letting, or rental of residential property that the person owns or is otherwise responsible for’. This will be subject to the contractor’s own organisation’s measures and approach.

Planned improvement works remain suspended until further notice, other than for essential/urgent work, such as a roof refurbishment. This suspension will be subject to the requirements of future Scottish Government updates.  Please contact your Development Manager for confirmation as to whether any work already agreed is going ahead.

Communication routes

Communication routes from you to us remain active and diverts remain in place to ensure that communications are received and actioned.  You can therefore continue to contact James Gibb through the normal routes and be assured that the provision of core services, repairs and maintenance will continue.

Email communication

We would remind all homeowners that during this time, our aim is to communicate with you via email wherever possible.  We ask that homeowners, who have not already done so, contact us at enquiries@jamesgibb.co.uk to provide us with their email address. We recognise that some homeowners will not have this form of communication and you may wish to discuss with friends or family members, if they can assist.

James Gibb+ portal

We have also increased our communication flow via our website and request that as many homeowners as possible access their James Gibb+ portal, where you will receive all information regarding your account.

James Gibb+ accounts can be accessed via our website www.jamesgibb.co.uk.  You will need your account number and JG+ number, which can be found on your most recent invoice.

At James Gibb, we were hoping that by this time we would be reporting better news, but rest assured that as soon as Government restrictions allow, normal service will be resumed.  In the meantime, although we must limit contact to protect our staff and our customers, please know that James Gibb will continue to carry out the factoring service for your development.

We hope that our customers, clients and team are safe during these exceptionally difficult times.

Regards
Directors Office

A-Z of Property Factors: Part 1

If you follow us on social media, you may have noticed that we are running an informative A-Z series focussing on the terms used in property factoring. We hope this will help you understand what we do and how we serve you.

We’re rounding up part 1 of the series with letters A-I below.

A is for Asbestos

Any building property built prior to 2000 should have an asbestos survey carried out. We have a duty of care to owners and contractors to identify the presence of asbestos and ensure a safe living environment for residents.

 

B is for Block Insurance

We can provide low cost building insurance with reputable insurers. Find out more about insurance policies here.

C is for Common Parts

These are the parts of any development which are common to owners and therefore for the property factor to maintain. Common parts are usually defined within your Deed of Conditions. Find out more about common parts that we would typically cover in our guide.

D is for Deed of Conditions

The Deed of Conditions is a legally binding document between all homeowners and their responsibilities for the upkeep of communal areas within a development.

E is for EICR

An EICR is an Electrical Installation Condition Report. This report is produced after an in-depth test, carried out every 5 years, on electrical systems within the communal areas of your development, e.g lighting.

F is for Float Payments

Your float payment is used to cover the payment of contractors for regular costs or small repairs. It is returned to you upon the sale of the property. More information on float payments and why we require them can be found here.

G is for Gutter Cleaning

Gutter Cleaning is of the most important services our contractors carry out to keep your property well maintained and running efficiently. Gutters clogged with debris can cause a leaky roof or water damage to a property, so it’s essential to keep them clean.

H is for High-rise homes

t’s very important to consider fire safety in high-rise homes. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have recently launched a guide of tips on staying fire safe. Read it here.

I is for INSPCT

All of our Development/Property Manager’s now use CPL’s new INSPCT app to carry out and record all property inspections. This helps improve efficiency and saves time in our business. Find out more here.

If you have any questions, please get in touch by calling 0333 240 8325 or emailing enquiries@jamesgibb.co.uk. 

Out of Hours Emergency. Call us on 0333 240 8325 where our helpline operators will assist you

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